Caroline Flack claims Love Island has 'become a scapegoat' for reality TV

Caroline Flack has jumped to the defence of Love Island and claims it is being used as a ‘scapegoat’ following the deaths of Mike Thalassistis and Sophie Gradon.

Reality TV aftercare and treatment of its stars have come under fire in recent months after it was ruled that both Mike and Sophie died by suicide, with many blaming the pressures of fame and Ofcom saying that it was a ’cause for concern’ ahead of the new series.

But Caroline insists the show is still a ‘feel good’ one – and slammed people for ‘over-analysing’ what’s going on in it.

‘The show is a journey of love and emotions that everyone can relate to and learn from. We are a feelgood show,’ she told Metro newspaper.

‘When something becomes popular there seems to be a desire to pull it to pieces and over-analyse it. This is about young singletons having fun, getting to know each other, in an amazing villa in the Spanish sun.’

Following the loss of Sophie and Mike, former stars have called for the show be pulled from the air, in the same way The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed following the suspected suicide of one of their contestants.

But Caroline says that their deaths are part of a wider problem – and that modern life is ‘becoming overwhelming’ for everyone, not just reality stars.

‘We need to stop blaming, speculating without the facts,’ she added. ‘As a human race we all need to come together, communicate, open up, express ourselves, be kind and be understanding of what all of us are dealing with on a daily basis.’

While they have decided to still go ahead with this year’s series, Love Island have recently released their full aftercare plans to put minds at rest as the new series begins.

Creative Director ITV Studios Entertainment Richard Cowles said: ‘Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance. We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails.

‘Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.’

Love Island returns 3 Junes on ITV2.

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